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Reintroducing myself!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I know, it's a crazy time to do this. That I could just keep at my routine through the holidays and maintain this pace, but I need to get back on the WL bandwagon.

I'm Melanie, a 37 year old stay at home mom to two of my own and nanny to another! I started my journey after my son was born nearly 8 years ago now. I lost over half my body weight over 4 years and lots of failures, before getting pregnant with baby 2. Who is now, nearly 3 years old! After my little ladybug was born, I focused not on losing weight, but getting healthy and fit. I'd become a runner during those first 4 years of weight loss, but I'm now a seasoned marathoner. (If you can call 3 marathons seasoned... emoticon ) But, while my legs are strong, the rest of me? Well, I'm softer and pudgier than I would like to be.

One of the things that happens while doing such intense training is you have to eat. A lot. And you can get away with eating a lot of pizza. And I stopped lifting weights, because with three little ones at home all the time, I just didn't have the time to both run and lift.

Now, I'm done training for a while. My body needs a break from running great distances for a while. So, while I've got the time, I'm going to get refocused. I'm going to re-learn to eat for WL. I'm going to re-learn the exercise habits that helped me lose weight and gain muscle tone.

I don't currently know what I weigh. In the mid 150s, I suspect. I don't need to know exactly what the scale says. I'll work hard, I'll do what I need to do. At some point, I will step up and get on the scale and face those numbers. But, I'm also wise enough at this point to know when a bad number will turn into a bad day... so for now, I'm skipping it.

I'm looking forward to getting to know folks again and to get these last 20ish pounds off my frame, for the final time.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/10/2014 1:13PM

    Hi Melanie!! emoticon It's nice to "meet" you!!! ;-)

And hey, no big surprises here, I'm RIGHT THERE WITH YA!! I'm planning on getting back to eating for weight loss and focusing on things other than running and eating all the time.

And I know you can do it!!! Let's do it together!!!


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TIME4CARRI 11/25/2014 8:03PM

    Awww, you've been a sparkfried all along. I applaud you for knowing where you are and what you need. True mindfulness. I started running a few years ago although I never made it to marathon status, yes, the miles covered was a big high but required much more food and time to cover so I backed off that plan. So good to see you around:)

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MOMMACASSEY 11/25/2014 12:59PM

    Hello! I hope things are going well for you.

I'm back to WL, too, now that I've had my third child. It's a slow process, for me, right now, because I want to get back to the running I started last year, but I HATE the cold. The 60s is fine for running in, but we're past that now, and I just don't find the cold air hitting my lungs refreshing.

I found out I was re-gaining my pregnancy weight, but there hasn't seemed to be anything to do about it. I was hungry all the time. And then, late last week, I decided to invest real money and I joined a DietBet to lose 10% of my body weight by mid-May. I have been doing so much better controlling my calories--and it's crazy, but I am not hungry all the time anymore. Desire to just not lose the money I spent, maybe, but I'm working on the habit of just not eating all the time, and it's easier this week than it was before I put the money up. Hopefully, this whole process will help me get back to the weight loss, maybe even to the plateau I was having such a hard time getting off of before I got pregnant.

It's great to see you again! I will definitely be hanging around.


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My last few weeks

Friday, June 06, 2014

Have looked like this

And then like this

and then I got all of this

Which weighed about 3 tons. Literally.

And I moved it all to here and made this

I got these

And these

But it's done! And we have a patio! (Next year when budget allows we will be adding some flagstones in. But that will be next summer's adventure!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/10/2014 7:04PM

    Awesome! And I bet you burned a gazillion calories while you were at it!! WAHOO!!!

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BESSHAILE 6/7/2014 7:18AM

    wooo woo - what fun you're going to have out there this summer.

Congratulations on becoming Bob the Builder.

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DALID414 6/7/2014 12:35AM

    Our legs could be twins, but I have no patio to show for it emoticon

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SHERYLDS 6/6/2014 4:14PM

    GREAT JOB ... enjoy

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NKING1982 6/6/2014 4:08PM

    Ouch! But it looks really great, good job

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

What has changed in my routine?
What has lead to my over eating?
What area of my plan have I not been doing for a couple weeks?
When did I start gaining weight a bit?

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I stopped tracking my food!!!
I usually only track M-F as Sat and Sun are always difficult to predict, but even on those days, I was tracking the foods I knew.

I'm a total dork.
And... I'm off to track my breakfast and lunch now.
Starting over, eh?

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TIME4CARRI 6/3/2014 8:24PM

    It makes all the difference and I tend to minimize it but it really does! Yay for back to tracking. emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 6/3/2014 4:24PM

    The journey knows the answers. We just have to plug the information to the journey and watch the good results happen. Congratulations of your light bulb moment!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/3/2014 2:41PM

    AWESOME!!! Tracking makes such a big difference... emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 6/3/2014 2:21PM

    Way to wake up and smell those victories! Great success to you!

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Coming clean--

Monday, June 02, 2014

Okay... I've been killing it with my steps of late. Seriously, no cheating lots and lots and lots of steps. 15-22k every day but one last week. But, I'm not working out. I'm eating crap. I'm sure I'm gaining weight, but I can't bear to check.

Last week was TOM and I started feeling gross and bloated then, but now it's over and it isn't going away.

And the reason I'm not working out? I'm terrified. I've got an ankle that's bugging me and I'm afraid it's broken. Or that I'm going to break it. It feels so wonky. But, I finally made an appointment for the orthopedist today... so hopefully, I can fix it and get it better. But, I'm going to have to weigh in at the doctor-- and I don't want to know. After FINALLY losing a few pounds after nearly 18 months at the same freeeking weight and getting closer to ultimate goal-- to have crapped out and have to face the scale? UGH! No! No! No!!

And it's birthday week in our house-- so cake, and cake, and cake-- oh and more cake. I baked a cake for a friend who got a job at NASA yesterday... My hubby has his birthday Thursday... I've got my birthday on Sunday... gah...

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/2/2014 4:41PM

    Hey, you're doing some things right so you should focus on that for now until you know what you have going on with your ankle.

As far as birthday and celebrations...I feel ya! It is so hard to be good when there are goodies around for legitimate reasons. But you know that the first couple bites are always the best and then after that you are just eating for the sake of eating; so maybe try to give yourself a three-bite rule?

At any rate, you are doing great and I know you can get your train back on the tracks. :-)

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ALICIA214 6/2/2014 4:22PM


emoticon on all your steps. I hope the news is good when you visit the bone man, you will happier to know what the problem is..


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TIME4CARRI 6/2/2014 4:22PM

    I don't know how we ever get to these spaces but we do!!! I feel ya so wholeheartedly and we've both been here before (I'm here now!!). You know that the fear is worse than the reality and good on ya for making that appointment. You'll weigh, you'll know, and then you'll be over the fear and on to action. Healing, planning, etc......... We just had our three May birthdays here and I have to weigh weekly. I was up 3 last week and have to go in again on Wednesday.....ugh.

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Titanium Girl v2

Monday, May 05, 2014

This is the second year (and final year actually) that I participated in the Titanium Girl Challenge. It is running two Half Marathons in one week. One is an all women's HM which is why the challenge is only open to women--

I ran my second race yesterday.
I finished in 2:29:06
I finished the first race in 2:31:31

Last year, I finished both races at 2:15 and 2:20. Which means, my times this year are much slower than last year. And it really got me thinking yesterday.

Why, why, why were my times SO much slower this year when over all, I am in far better shape than last year?

The answer simply is-- training. I didn't train very well for these races. I know that I have limited time to pound pavement. And I really thought that my general exercise routine would help me get to where I needed to be for the races. But, hard truth is-- if I'm not actually running-- I'm not actually training for running.

I've had added responsibilities these last couple of months, meaning my mid week running time is gone. I haven't been able to drop my tot off with grandma and go running a couple of times during the week. My weekends have been busy and my family demanding of my time, and I haven't even gotten a run in every weekend for quite some time. And when I did manage a weekend run, they were squeezed in, rather than having plenty of time-- meaning instead of running 9-14 mile distances, I was running 4-6miles.

So-- if you want to do the same or better in your races as you did last year-- the simple fact is, that being fitter and stronger and lighter isn't going to get you there. You have to train.

And since I didn't-- I just have to take this as a lesson on what to do from here on out.

(BTW-- the reason I will not be competing in this particular challenge next year is that the IronGirl HM I completed was horrid this year. They really made a hot mess of what was a great race last year. It's the most expensive race I run all year and with that cost, you expect a great experience-- but man-- did they not give that this year! I will save that money and find another challenge to complete. There is one called Half-Crazy to try!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/6/2014 11:35AM

    I think you learned some lessons, but at the same time, I think you need to be proud of what you were able to accomplish as well!! Yes, your times were slower, but you said it a few times - you are more fit, stronger, AND lighter than you were last year!!!! Those are all huge accomplishments and then add on top of it the fact that you did two half marathons on little training - WOW!!!

You're doing great...keep at it!

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